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First Cyanogen builds of Android 4.0 arrive
Posted on Nov 29 2011 03:25 AM by xper in Mobile

Android hackers are working overtime to bring Ice Cream Sandwich into the real world, and early fruits of their labor are starting to emerge--if you have the right phone. The CyanogenMod project to build unofficial versions of Android is working on CM9, the version based on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code from Google. Early CM9 buildsare available in alpha for the Samsung Nexus S and beta for the Samsung Galaxy S.

"CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 11 for Nexus S is definitely worth checking out," programmer Koushik "Koush" Dutta said on Google+ yesterday. And it's pretty mature, he added: "Usable as a daily driver."

Ice Cream Sandwich adds a number of new features to Android, chiefly a merge between the Android 2.x version for smartphones and the Android 3.x "Honeycomb" version for tablets that Google rushed to market.

Google releases Android source code for public consumption after it's finished with a version. In the case of ICS, Google released the code two weeks ago, just before the first Android 4.0 phone, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, began shipping. It's still not available in most parts of the world, including the United States.

Even though Android is developed behind closed doors, its eventual open-source nature lets enthusiasts tinker with it--for example, to see how well Android 4.0 works on the first Android phone.

Full story: C|Net









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